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Published by Open University Press in Maidenhead, England, New York .
Written in English


  • Altruism.,
  • Altruism -- History.

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Edition Notes

StatementNiall Scott and Jonathan Seglow.
SeriesConcepts in the social sciences
ContributionsSeglow, Jonathan, 1968-
LC ClassificationsBJ1474 .S375 2007
The Physical Object
Pagination153 p. ;
Number of Pages153
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21592709M
ISBN 100335222501, 0335222498
ISBN 109780335222490, 9780335222506

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